Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families
Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.
The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.
A gay Asian man who fell into a coma following a brutal attack in Atlanta last month, is now making “tremendous progress” in his recovery.
Courageous recovery: Joshua Dowd, 28, had a very active day on Saturday as he tried to move his head, both of his arms and his legs following the incident, according to the recent update on his GoFundMe page.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version to say that AP reportedly misquoted District Attorney Shannon Wallace during Robert Aaron Long’s hearing on July 27. The full quote has been included below.
The Atlanta shooter who murdered eight people, six being of Asian descent, in March has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.
At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.
Police officer Khuong Thai is now recovering from his injuries following a shootout with a gunman at an Atlanta apartment building on Wednesday.
What happened: Joseph Lee Humbles, 29, allegedly fired his gun at Thai and fellow officer Joshua Lovreta who were responding to a call of shots fired in the area, WSB TV reported.
A pair of Bruce-Lee-inspired sneakers made over $50,000 for the families of the victims of Atlanta’s mass shooting in March.
What happened: NBA star Steph Curry’s court-worn shoes went for $51,000 following 15 bids that closed on Saturday, reported SCMP.
Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the March shootings in the Atlanta region has been indicted on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges.
About the indictment: A Fulton County grand jury indicted the 22-year-old in the killings of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant and Yong Ae Yue, at the spas in Atlanta.
An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.
Megan Thee Stallion Partners With May Lee and Fashion Nova to Donate $50,000 to Fighting Anti-Asian Hate
Grammy Award-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with Fashion Nova and journalist/activist May Lee to donate $50,000 to a nonprofit advancing the rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast.
On the night of the Atlanta shootings on March 16, Marcus Lyon was getting a massage at one of the gunman’s targeted Asian-owned businesses, Youngs Asian Massage.
Lyon, 31, recalled the moment of the tragedy which occurred just minutes into his session.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.
Last Tuesday, Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people at Asian-owned massage spas. Six of his victims were Asian women. Long blamed his killing spree on a “sex addiction,” rather than racial motivation. But the shooter’s targeting of Asian-owned massage spas, where predominantly Asian women work, makes it unlikely that race had nothing to do with the tragic attacks.
Actor and comedian Ken Jeong recently donated $50,000 to the families of five Asian victims who died during last week’s spa shootings in Atlanta.